Welcome to Beliefnet's coverage of the Mormon religion and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon religion was founded the U.S. in 1830 by Joseph Smith, and today is one of the largest faith groups in America. Formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Mormon missionaries bring the Book of Mormon--the faith's scripture, along with the Bible--around the globe. Mormonism's short history has been tumultuous, with its early embrace of polygamy, which it later renounced; its westward trek under leader Brigham Young; and its successful push for Utah statehood.
Beliefnet's Mormon section offers:
- Essays, columns, slide shows, and other features exploring Mormon life in America
- Discussion and analysis of issues facing Mormon women, men, families, and missionaries, and relations between Mormons and people of other denominations and religious groups, such as Jews and evangelical Christians
- An explanation of how Mormonism differs from traditional Christianity
- Articles from leading Mormon writers such as Linda Hoffman-Kimball and observers of Mormon life such as Jan Shipps
Basic history, beliefs, and membership figures for adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Explore the differences between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and traditional Christianity.
The LDS Church is less of a cult than many of the religions that accuse it of being one.
MORMON HOLIDAYS & CELEBRATIONS
Watch a slide show of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, an annual outdoor show dramatizing scenes from the Book of Mormon.
Every July 24, Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day with old-fashioned picnics featuring lots of games for the children, foot races, horse races, dances, speeches, and parades.
CONTEMPORARY MORMON ISSUES
I believe God approved polygamy for early Mormon pioneers, so I seek reasons why this disturbing practice was necessary. By Jessica Guynn
A leading evangelical speaks at the Mormon Tabernacle and says evangelicals have spread lies about LDS beliefs.